Understanding the Palestinians

What is the story of the Palestinians? At the end of the 19th century the Holy Land was thinly populated with a population of no more than 600 000. The Palestinian nationalist movement together with their Arab allies in the region effectively forced the British to all but shut the gates to Jewish immigration to British Palestine in 1939 and thus sealed the fate of European Jewry and since no escape route was left for the Jews, Hitler decided in favor of extermination. Zionist leaders obviously did neither forget nor forgive the Palestinian movement for this stab in the back at the most critical hour for the Jewish people. There could have been a one-state solution in a bilingual state with a Jewish majority and no Holocaust in Europe. Subsequently the Palestinian and other Arab leaders opted in 1947 for a war of extermination and so the Jewish forces had no choice but to make sure that Palestinian villages fighting on the side of the genocidal enemy left the country, otherwise the Jews would have been subjected to a Second Holocaust. Ever since the Palestinians have been fighting to dispossess and exterminate the Jews under the nominal hypocritical yet never adhered to banners of “justice” and “human rights”. According to Palestinian nationalism, the Palestinians are the victims despite not exactly hiding their own malign agenda and refusing to learn from their historical mistakes, including the genocidal war of 1947. 

Published by Daniella Bartfeld

Daniella Bartfeld is the founding director of the Aliyah Organization.

2 thoughts on “Understanding the Palestinians

  1. The story of the Palestinians is incredibly complex, and it is understandable why they would have wanted to protect the region and their people from the threat of European Jews. However, it is clear that the decision to go to war with the Jews had a devastating effect, leading to the displacement of Palestinians and the creation of a one-state solution with a Jewish majority. What is remarkable is that, even after all of this, there is still a desire by some to pursue a one-state solution and a unified Palestine. Is this still a viable option? If so, what steps would need to be taken to make it a reality?

    1. There are in the Middle East nearly 30 million Median Jews (the Alawites, the Alevis, the Alians, the Bektashis, the Druze, the Khaksaris, the Shabaks, the Yarsanis and the Yezidis) who are descendents of the Assyrian-deported Israelites of the Northern Kingdom of Israel, primarily in Turkey where they make up some 25% of the population. Currently to officially recognize them as Jews would be pointless and counterproductive as the Muslim regimes in the countries where they live would not let them leave for Israel. But once at least 10 million Median Jews have immigrated to Israel can Israel demographically afford to redeem and enfranchise the entire Judea and Samaria while Jordan would be free to annex Gaza. An underground road and railroad connection between the East Bank and Gaza could be built under the Israeli Negev desert.

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